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[peep-hohl] /ˈpipˌhoʊl/
a small hole or opening through which to peep or look, as in a door.
Origin of peephole
1675-85; peep1 + hole Unabridged
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  • I drew back the little shutter from the peephole in the wall, and looked through it.

    A Rogue's Life Wilkie Collins
  • I spied through a peephole but could see nothing of our foes.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Anxiety made him hop about and waddle from peephole to peephole, like a hen looking for grain.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • De Naarboveck tapped on the peephole made in the massive door.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Now, we are going to come from the door, with the peephole and the officer, to my son.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • In the meantime, Peter was not off his guard at his peephole.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • The peephole through the roof of his garret cost Copernicus his liberty, but it was worth the price.

  • "Ah, she is too good to live," said Peter, looking out his peephole again.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
British Dictionary definitions for peephole


a small aperture, such as one in the door of a flat for observing callers before opening
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